Can good health come from natural health remedies?

There have always been two camps to preserving good health, natural health remedies and medicine; naturopathic or allopathic. Why does one have to be wrong and the other right? I believe the American poet W.H. Auden summed up health perfectly when he wrote,

'Health is the state about which medicine has nothing to say.'

Natural health remedies or taking medicine doesn’t necessarily make us healthy. Many times medicine, prevents death, but to truly be healthy, you must incorporate good habits into your life each day. Good health, while sometimes unpredictable, is mainly affected by your genes, your activity level, and your diet. Since we can’t do much about our genetics, let’s focus on what we can do. We can eat right, exercise regularly, and add natural food supplements to our diets to replenish our bodies. I would like to discuss one such food supplement-mangosteen.

The mangosteen fruit belongs to the same scientific family as that of the herbal supplement St. John’s Wort. Unlike St. John’s Wort, however, mangosteen has had very little attention in the United States and in the Western hemisphere in general. This is odd because mangosteen contains more pharmacologically important ingredients than St. John’s Wort. Traditionally, mangosteen was used to help with ailments such as diarrhea, eczema, thrush, urinary infections, and menstrual problems. In addition, it was believed to promote vitality to those who ate. Currently, many people use mangosteen to help prevent disease by lowering their risk factors for disease and to give them more energy.

What’s in Mangosteen?

Pericarp and Flesh of Mangosteen

I believe the most potent available form of mangosteen comes in a juice extract that uses the pericarp (the substance between the dark-purple rind and the actual flesh), the flesh, and the seeds of the fruit. While not all of the constituents in mangosteen are known, there are various components of the fruit that scientists believe are responsible for many of the positive health benefits associated with mangosteen.

In mangosteen, there are more than forty different Xanthones (highly active plant phenols) and the number keeps rising. In addition to the Xanthones, mangosteen also contains, among other things, stilbenes, quinines, tannin, polysaccharides, catechins, and polyphenols.

Important constituents in mangosteen:More than 40 Xanthones (including alpha and gamma mangostin)

Peace of Mind with Mangosteen

In the 1800s, U.S. humorist Josh Billings said,

'There are lots of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health, that they haven’t the time to enjoy it.'

Don’t we all know someone like that? Mangosteen is not meant to be a natural health remedy, but more so an important nutritional food supplement that may help prevent many of the major and minor illnesses we hear about these days and give you peace of mind so you can enjoy life. Mangosteen brings peace of mind by helping to strengthen the body’s immune system.

We each have about 75 trillion cells in our bodies that our immune system must keep safe from mutation, toxins, free radical, viruses, bacteria, and fungi. That is not easy task in our modern society that is filled to the brim with all of these things. At times, our immune systems get overtaxed. This is where mangosteen plays an important part. Many times our bodies get sick because of free radical damage. A free radical is an unstable atom that has a shortage of electrons. When an unstable atom comes into contact with other stable atoms, it will steal the electrons it needs. This leaves the once stable atom damaged and open to disease. Antioxidants counteract free radicals. Antioxidants are molecules with an extra electron that they are more than willing to share with the free radical.

Mangosteen is full of antioxidants. Some of its most well known are the xanthones, stilbenes, tannin, polysaccharides, catechins, and polyphenols. In fact, mangosteen has been shown to have more potent antioxidant activity than Vitamin E, one of the most powerful antioxidants known.

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